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Doubleday imprint to publish Lee Koe’s novel, Arts News & Top Stories

Singaporean writer Amanda Lee Koe’s debut novel about actresses within the 20th century has been picked up by main American writer Doubleday.

Lee Koe, 30, is finest recognized for her Singapore Literature Prize-winning quick story assortment Ministry Of Moral Panic, which was printed by Epigram Books in 2013.

Her new ebook, Delayed Rays Of A Star, is about in cities comparable to Berlin, Beijing, Los Angeles and Paris. It follows the often interconnecting lives of three actresses throughout the 20th century.

The ebook will seem below Doubleday’s literary imprint Nan A. Talese, which publishes acclaimed authors comparable to Margaret Atwood and Ian McEwan.

“It’s surreal to be sharing a publishing platform with (them),” says Lee Koe, who is predicated in New York, over e-mail. “These are writing deities I grew up reading and worshipping. It’s not very elegant to say, but I feel like a wriggly tadpole next to them.”

She declines to disclose her advance for the novel, which is more likely to be out within the second half of subsequent 12 months.

An excerpt from her manuscript gained the 2017 Henfield Prize, a US$15,000 (S$19,800) prize awarded to the very best work of fiction by a graduating Master of Fine Arts scholar at Columbia University’s Writing Program.

Nan A. Talese editor Dan Meyer says: “We publish literature that we think can stand the test of time. Amanda has a very bright future ahead of her and it would be a privilege to introduce her to American readers.”

Lee Koe says writing the novel has made her “virtually uncontactable and emotionally unavailable”.

“Everything is going to the writing. I don’t take calls, I don’t look at e-mails and I don’t use instant messaging apps. I had a friend who thought I had gone missing during one of New York’s winter cyclones, but I was just holed up writing with my phone switched off.”

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